Acne scar treatment can be found in many different forms but what works best for one may not work best for all. Treating scars caused by serious acne and other skin blemishes needs to be selected based on the cause, type and severity. However, the options chosen and presented below are the options best known for eliminating or minimizing the appearance of scars of all levels of cause or severity (different treatments can be most beneficial to a specified type of scar).
What Causes Acne Scars?
Billions of people suffer or have at times in their lives suffered from acne -- So why doesn't every one have acne scars? To best answer that question -- and a good first step in acne scar treatment -- you need to understand what is causing these scars in the first place.
Scarring caused by acne, often is the result of tissue damage which can be experienced with more severe acne cases such as cystic acne as well as other forms of acne. The average person will endure mild forms of acne such as whiteheads and blackheads which rarely result in scarring because of the reduced inflamation and reduced damage to surrounding tissue-- which answers why so many sufferers of acne do not show signs of scarring.
Common Appearances of Acne Scars
Acne scars can display in many different ways that include; red spots or splotches, pock marks or textured scars and brown spots. The type of scarring can vary from person to person and can depend on type of skin and acne as well as the cause of acne.
Names associated with the types of scars commonly caused by acne: Atrophic, Hypertrophic, Boxcar, Rolling and Keloid scars.
Prevention is an Important Part of Acne Scar Treatment
Preventing or limiting the occurrence of serious blemishes and outbreaks can greatly reduce the potential of unsightly scar tissue and pigmentation. The best acne remedies are going to vary from one person to another since the cause of acne may also vary. For some -- simple home remedies may suffice whereas for others it may actually require the use of medication or other treatments. To find out the best way to diagnose and prevent your particular type of acne see a dermatologist or other skin specialist.
Treatments for Acne Scars
Acne Scar Treatment - Dermabrasion, Dermaplaning and Microdermabrasion
Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning are processes that have been utilized for years by plastic surgeons as a part of cosmetic surgery and an important treatment option for deep tissue acne scars. Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning is the process of removing top layers of skin with the use of a quickly rotating device equipped with an abrasive material. This procedure will ultimately methodically sand down surrounding tissue until skin is more even and scars less noticeable.
This procedure can be considered surgical (in nature) and at times may require anesthesia and often require follow-up and prescribed medications during recovery times. This treatment is known for causing mild discomfort for several days to a week depending on site and extent of treatment.
Microdermabrasion is also commonly used as an acne scar treatment for mild and shallow scarring. The process is similar to that of Dermabrasion only there is no need of anesthesia, little to no discomfort and therefore no "recovery" time. Microdermabrasion simply and gently removes the top or outer layer of skin which can work wonders for those suffering from shallow or topical scarring.
Acne Scar Treatment - Laser Treatments
Newer technology has allowed lasers to be used for everything from corrective eye surgery to removal of scars caused by an array of factors. As an acne scar treatment there are several different types of lasers that can be used, depending on the cause and severity of scarring.
Lasers you will find used in acne scar treatment vary based on the medium used to introduce light at a specific wavelength or frequency (which affects the depth in which the beams travel into the skin) and sometimes the way in which they go about treating the scar. Some lasers will function on an almost topical level (epidermis) and while others will penetrate deep into the skin targeting layers at or beneath the dermis layers.
Depending on laser and treatment used some people will experience no discomfort and require no recovery time while some treatments will cause discomfort and may call for time off in order to recover after treatment.
The most common lasers used in acne scar removal can be broken down into 2 main categories: Ablative and Non-Ablative.
- Er: YAG lasers
- CO2 Lasers
- Pulse Dye Lasers
- Diode Lasers
- Nd: YAG
IMPORTANT: Always consult your Dr. or Dermatologist before starting or trying a treatment. Only a professional can properly diagnose and recommend treatments best suited to your and your specific needs.